Wednesday, April 28, 2010






Teaching Pwoermds

Jonathan Jones sent me a note today telling me about his teaching of pwoermds in the classroom, a proper celebration of InterNaPwoWriMo I'd say:

Just done [with] an introductory class on pwoermds for the incoming 8th Grade. It was interesting to see the kids who declared they were confirmed 'non readers' at the start enjoying this kind of writing/reading.

Mostly they were yours - but I slipped in some of mine.

They particularly liked my:


and your:



Review of ntst

I discovered today that Gökhan Turhan has reviewed, in Turkish (of course), my book: ntst: the collected pwoermds of geof huth. Almost as good as the obvious kindness behind the Gökhan's words as translated by Google are the poetically misformed sentences created by the machine translation, like "do not need to be forced to inject an attachment, do not specify a jurisdiction, as, and does not cut it open, or pretended to be concluded with a closing narrative has not abandoned us in the final analysis."


Saturday, April 24, 2010


InterNaPwoWriMo III: The Book

John Moore Williams, an imaginative poet (visual and otherwise), has been telling me that he'd like to put out an e-book that captures the pwoermds we brave twenty who have created over the course of InterNaPwoWriMo III. I gave him the list of folks before the clock turned to today, along with email addresses, in cases where I had them or could track them down. For those for whom I did not have an email address (marked with an asterisk below), I pointed him to one web presence or another of yours, but if you could email me your email address I'll send that on to John. Expect word from John soon, as well as a request to accumulate all your pwoermds for him. And please note that if you created as few as only a single pwoermd for this yearly celebration that that counts as participation to me. This will be fun.
Alex Davis*
Andrew Topel
Geof Huth
Giles Goodland*
Jeremy James Foxtrot Thompson
John Moore Williams
jonathan jones
Karri Kokko
Mara Patricia Hernandez
Mark Young
Mike Cannell
Richard Capener*
Sari Hakala*
Satu Kaikkonen
Stephen Nelson
Stephen Vincent
Suzanne Burns
sven staelens*
Tony Green

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Another Pwoermdist

Jeremy James Foxtrot Thompson has joined InterNaPwoWriMo, and he has posted his first typo-pwoermd to his blog, Autotypist. Check out his work, and wish him fun.



Thursday, April 15, 2010

Half-Way Through: Two Other Pwoermdists in Tow

Among the many writers of pwoermds taking part in the International Pwoermd Writing Month, there are two who participate only by posting on my Facebook wall. They've been a little lax in posting recently, so I've given them a little nudge via Facebook, but let me note that they are Andrew Topel and Tony Green, and they are doing some interesting work, though it will take a little effort to find their work, buried as it now is under too much content generated by me. (Andrew, I've just discovered, is busy posting pwoermds on his own Facebook wall now.)

We are now half-way through the thirty days that make up InterNaPwoWriMo.



Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010


[sent from Ramada Inn, Room 287, Syracuse, New York]


Wednesday, April 7, 2010


The Visual Pwoermd in Yellow and Black

Although InterNaPwoWriMo has never focused on this aspect of pwoermdy, pwoermds come in a visual form in addition to the more common textual form. To some degree, most pwoermds are visual, because they are usually meant to be seen to be understood; even if they can be pronounced into the air, their meaning might be inaudible. But some pwoermds are insistently visual, and these we call visual pwoermds.

One, and maybe the only, visual pwoermd that has appeared thus far in this year's celebration of InterNaPwoWriMo is ƏC's "y.ouu," a verbally simple and visually complicating piece that uses ƏC's (apparently) signature colors of yellow and black. Colored like a bees, ƏC's pwoermds sting with a sudden realization of what is actually possible via the mechanisms of the pwoermd.


Pwoermding as Composition, Rather than Flash

Richard Capener considers the process he used to create a recent poem of his




The Pwoermds of Anatol Knotek

Although these haven't been produced during InterNaPwoWriMo, it would behoove you to check out the imaginative, beautiful, and remarkably visual pwoermds of Anatol Knotek, of Wien, Austria,






Monday, April 5, 2010



The Illustrated Pwoermd

Mark Young, Kiwi poet in exile at the far edge of Australia, posted a simple pwoermd recently, but illustrated with a beautiful photograph of nectarines, one that allows us to better see the beauty of his little, perfectly balanced pwoermd, which is a deft piece of stigmeological metaplasmus:


When I saw that pwoermd I gasped at its perfect construction. But go to Mark's blog to see it in its native environment.

Figuring Out the Pwoermd Out

Alex Davis has just posted an experiment in pwoermdmaking. Working almost entirely with one core word ("language," appropriately enough), he has used all of the processes I claim are used to create pwoermds. As I looked at my list of methods, I was reminded that I'd forgotten one: metaplasmus, or intentional misspelling, so here's one using "language." It is one of the great, but few pwoermds written by Jonathan Brannen:


Be sure to check out what Alex has come up with for the other "figures of pwoermds," at his posting on figurative language.



The incomparable Karri Kokko—a Finnish poet and probably the best punner I've ever known, and that is while working in English, a second or third language for him (I'm not sure if his Swedish preceded or followed his English)—has, just now, sent me a note (via Facebook) entitled "mespellings," which is an interesting now about the art of pwoermdy and its possible effect on real life:

An observation: Putting a lot of time and effort into coining pwoermds--ofttimes by deliberate distortion of common utterances--makes one, strangely enough, hesitant or unsure of the correct spellings in one's everyday vocabulary.


Jonesing for Jones

Jonathan Jones, a Briton living in Belgium, and whose blog Belgian Waffle is a favorite of mine, has become a manic pwoermdist of late, spurred on, apparently, by both InterNaPwoWriMo and my book, ntst: the collected pwoermds of geof huth. Jonathan is has the perfect minimalist mind for pwoermds, which you can see for yourself at his blog. While writing me about his first attempts at pwoermdy, he provided me with some of his insights into pwoermds, which I've extracted below:

Thanks for the initiation into the strange word (world?) of pwoermds.

I've just been over to the UK. Waiting for me at [my parents'] house was NTST.

I read the first few pages, got so excited that I started scribbling down my pwoermds. That I wrote nearly 50 in one day is testament to not having much else to do. Actually, they remind me of the cryptic crossword mindset I used to inhabit: a joy and a curse. You spend your day semi-abstracted turning words over and over inside and out certain that there's a 'find' somewhere waiting on the horizon of your vocabulary.

I'd dip back into your text and DAMN! you'd got there first and I'd have to sratch it out - I now realise my 'psilent' is one of yours (or more or less).

I wasn't sure mine were always 'pure' pwoermds (if such a thing exists). Is one allowed two words/ a phrase? At what point does the pwoermd meet the pun?

As I was swimming this morning, I was thinking of food equivalents - a good pwoermd is the literary equivalent of sushi? An 'amuse bouche' that titillates the palate and then is swallowed with relish? Little detonations/ de-notations of sense. Certainly I like the way they force attention on to tiny little energies of language. Space seems to open up in the joints. Articulations - that's the word. Plus a naughtiness - and danger even? - s writing verges upon illiteracy/ dyslexia/ the scrambled.


Welcome, ƏC

The newest participant in InterNaPwoWriMo, someone who goes by ƏC but is otherwise unknown to me, has begun posting at the blog entitled either ƏC or hz240v. The pwoermds posted there so far are interestingly different, pwoermds that stretch the language just a little bit more. Take a look and follow along for the rest of the month.

ecr. l'inf.

Friday, April 2, 2010



And Now We Are Fifteen

Stephen Vincent has joined this monthlong celebration of the pwoermd, and he'll be posting his contributions on his blog, Stephen Vincent.


Make That 14

We have a new participant in InterNaPwoWriMo, and this gives us a new country and a new continent:

Please visit Mark Young's won des lait.

Now, if we could only rustle up some people in Asia, Africa, South America, and Antarctica...


Thursday, April 1, 2010


We Who Are Prepared to Pwoermd

This is the biggest year for InterNaPwoWriMo ever. By my count, we have thirteen poets (on fifteen different websites) writing pwoermds this month from four different countries. My thanks to everyone for participating. I'll be following all of you. Please tell me of any corrections or additions.

Participants in InterNaPwoWriMo III

Suzanne Burns' Facebook Wall: (starting pwoermd: crääckCK)

Mike Cannell's Worbdlog (starting pwoermd: almust)

Richard Capener's pen aCre: (starting pwoermd: fiddiddle)

Alex Davis' W---, OR D--, POE MS. (starting pwoermd: conch-arete)

Giles Goodland's MySpace: (starting pwoermd: Namething)

Sari Hakala's Avaamaton: (starting pwoermd: h aa mu)

Mara Patricia Hernandez' /vi-zhə-wəl/ (starting pwoermds: innite and landguage)

Geof Huth's InterNaPwoMo: (starting pwoermd: nsure)

Satu Kaikkonen's ö.tökkää : (starting pwoermd:


Satu Kaikkonen's Pwoermds: (identical content as above site)

Karri Kokko's Facebook Wall: (starting pwoermd: industy)

Karri Kokko's Sanaruno (assumed participating site: no new pwoermds since March 29th)

Stephen Nelson's ach/och: (starting pwoermd: armth)

sven staelens' pwoërdzie: (starting pwoermd: wȩȅldӛ)

John Moore Williams' TyPoeSie: (starting pwoermd: flieght)



So Begins InterNaPwoWriMo 3

For the third year, I'll be encouraging folks to write a pwoermd a day for every day of the month of April, and once again I'm looking for many participants, across the globe, and working in many languages. If you can write one one-word poem a day thirty days in a row, drop me a note so that I can keep track of you.